From staff and press reports
Dev Jaiswal, a fifth-grader at Winston Academy, competed in the State Spelling Bee in Jackson on March 20 and took home first place. Jaiswal spelled the championship word “mordacious” in the 30th round of the bee Tuesday and advances to the 85th Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., where he will compete against spelling bee champions from every state. The event aired live on MPB. Jaiswal beat out 27 other Mississippi students for the title. The Mississippi Association of Educators will fund the trip for Jaiswal and one parent for the National Bee, which will be televised May 30-31. The runner-up was Desiree Roby, a 5th grade student from Christian Home Educators Connection in Hinds County. She was eliminated in Round 29 with the word “immiserization.” Walt Grayson provided the verbal words to the students the competition this year. The event is sponsored by Mississippi Association of Educators (MAE). According to the E. W. Scripps Company, which administers the National Spelling Bee program, the spelling bee is open to students who have neither turned 16 nor passed beyond the eighth grade and who currently attend schools that officially enrolled with the spelling bee program for the current academic year.